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What do you get when you combine Australia’s finest classical musicians with the pop hits from the 70s to the 90s? The best kind of Mixtape!Alongside their acclaimed performances of standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire, the Benaud Trio have gained international fame for their encore performances of pop covers. Beginning in 2007, a long term collaboration between the Benaud Trio and composer / arranger Nicholas Buc has resulted in a string of hits covering some of the 20th century’s greatest popular music. Youtube footage of their live performance of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin has been viewed more than 500,000 times.Whilst the fusion of popular music with classical ensembles is not new, such a comprehensive undertaking has never been made by a piano trio. The combination of strings and pianos established by Joseph Haydn in the 18th century lends itself remarkably well to contemporary popular music – and particularly to those songs which have been crafted by the great song-writers of our times, the Haydns of the 20th century. Without backing tracks, the Benauds acoustically recreate all the power, intimacy and optimism of the mixtape era.The album is a survey of ‘top shelf’ popular music made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, ABBA, Billy Joel, The Buggles and Michael Jackson among others. It demands to be heard – as a trip down memory lane, but also as a realisation of the inherent musical brilliance of these songs, brought to life by some of Australia’s best-regarded classical musicians.'Giving a mixtape was a ritual for a generation' said Lachlan Bramble, violinist with the Benaud Trio. 'We wanted to capture that sense of generosity and fun in the album'. BENAUD TRIOAmir Farid pianoLachlan Bramble violinEwen Bramble cello Arrangements by Nicholas Buc
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Take the majesty of a symphony orchestra, add a 100-voice choir, stir in your favourite festive tunes and sprinkle over a large pinch of musical magic. The result? The very finest kind of Symphonic Christmas.Recorded live at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, and featuring conductor, arranger and pianist Bramwell Tovey, this is a truly delightful album that captures the Christmas spirit with an incredible range of music – from a tear-jerking and intimate I’ll Be Home for Christmas (with violin and piano), to the rousing chorus in God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen – with an expected twist! Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ChorusMelbourne Symphony OrchestraBramwell Tovey conductor & piano
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Magical melodies and swirling rhythms from the golden age of the Viennese waltz: the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra present a new recording of the dazzling music of Johann Strauss, father and son.Vienna in the 19th century was a city obsessed by music and dancing. By 1825, the adult population was about 200,000, and the capacity of the ballrooms about 50,000. Both Johann Strauss and his son Johann Strauss II were, in turn, known as ‘the waltz king’, and their music turned them into household names across Europe. On this album, the older Strauss is represented by his ‘Music of the Spheres’, while the attention turns firmly to the output to his son, including his infamous waltz ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube’ and the ‘Thunder and Lightning Polka’.Strauss II also took inspiration from Vienna’s obsession with foreign musical influences, and we hear strains of Turkey in the ‘Persian March’, and of gypsy music in ‘The Gypsy Baron Overture’ and the Czárdás – a kind of folk dance – from the opera Ritter Pásmán. Soprano Lorina Gore joins the orchestra for the vocal waltz ‘Frühlingsstimmen’ (‘Voices of Spring’), as well as arias by Strauss II (‘Adele’s Laughing Song’ from Die Fledermaus) and Lehár (‘Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß’ (‘My Lips Kiss So Hotly’) from Giuditta).The album is conducted by the TSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Marko Letonja, whose experience with the Vienna Symphony, Vienna State Opera and a host of other European and international orchestras brings new depth to this much-loved music.FRANZ von SUPPÉ1 Light Cavalry: OvertureJOSEF STRAUSS2 Sphärenklange (Music of the Spheres) – WaltzJOHANN STRAUSS II3 Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning) – Quick Polka4 Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring) – Waltz5 Persischer Marsch (Persian March)6 The Gypsy Baron: OvertureFRANZ LEHÁR7 Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß (My Lips Kiss So Hotly) from GiudittaJOHANN STRAUSS II8 Czárdás – Ballet Music No. 3 from Ritter Pásmán9 Seid umschlungen, Millionen! (Be Embraced, Ye Millions!) – Waltz10 Mein Herr Marquis (Adele’s Laughing Song) from Die Fledermaus11 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube) – WaltzLorina Gore sopranoTasmanian Symphony OrchestraMarko Letonja conductor
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Soaring beauty, spectacular, vocal fireworks and delicately coloured musical pictures: soprano arias from Haydn’s greatest operas and oratorios, including The Creation and The Seasons.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.
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Dvořák’s ‘New World’ Symphony is a musical portrait of a vibrant young nation, and a love letter to a homeland far away.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.ANTONÍN DVOŘÁK 1841–1904Symphony No. 9 in E minor ‘From the New World’1 I. Adagio – Allegro molto2 II. Largo3 III. Scherzo: Molto vivace          4 IV. Allegro con fuoco 5Overture – Carnival Melbourne Symphony OrchestraTadaaki Otaka conductor
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A single, sensual melody that slowly builds from the merest whisper to a triumphant shout: Ravel’s Boléro shows how much can be achieved with orchestral colour.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.MAURICE RAVEL 1875–19371 Le Tombeau de Couperin: Menuet2 Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 23 Pavane pour une infante défunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)4-8 Ma Mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) – Suite9 Tzigane10 Boléro
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‘I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself.’ George Frideric HandelThis album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.
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ABC Classics is proud to present the official DVD featuring full coverage of the 67th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, live from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.With its spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been thrilling audiences since 1950. Since then over 14 million people have seen this military extravaganza, as it performs to a live audience of 220,000 in Edinburgh every August.2016 marks its 67th production, with a wealth of talent taking to the Esplanade to showcase their musical skills and intricate displays. 1,200 performers from all over the world came together as we commemorated Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year.Acts from Australia, Canada, Jordan, Nepal, New Zealand and Norway joined forces to rejoice in the rich history of military music and the relationship between monarchies and their armed forces.Together with bands from the British Armed Services, cultural groups from across the globe, alongside home grown talent from across the United Kingdom, performers shared this iconic stage as we celebrated ‘Tunes of Glory’.It’s no wonder The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is regarded as the greatest show on earth!
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ABC Classics is proud to present the official CD featuring highlights of the 67th Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, live from the Esplanade of Edinburgh Castle.With its spectacular backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo has been thrilling audiences since 1950. Since then over 14 million people have seen this military extravaganza, as it performs to a live audience of 220,000 in Edinburgh every August.2016 marks its 67th production, with a wealth of talent taking to the Esplanade to showcase their musical skills and intricate displays. 1,200 performers from all over the world came together as we commemorated Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th year.Acts from Australia, Canada, Jordan, Nepal, New Zealand and Norway joined forces to rejoice in the rich history of military music and the relationship between monarchies and their armed forces.Together with bands from the British Armed Services, cultural groups from across the globe, alongside home grown talent from across the United Kingdom, performers shared this iconic stage as we celebrated ‘Tunes of Glory’.It’s no wonder The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo is regarded as the greatest show on earth!
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The Omega Ensemble present their debut recording on ABC Classics, surveying music for clarinet from across three centuries.When Mozart composed his iconic Clarinet Quintet in 1789 it was the first time in chamber music that the clarinet had been employed as a solo voice. In this performance, David Rowden performs on the basset clarinet – the instrument Mozart intended.This popular classic is accompanied by two new Australian pieces. George Palmer’s It Takes Two is a three-movement piece celebrating friendship, love, energy and fun. A rich and varied work that includes moments of jubilation, high octane energy and virtuosity, and also deeply tender and lyrical moments, the piece celebrates the very essence of human bonds and friendship. On this recording, Omega Ensemble and Rowden are joined by clarinetist Dimitri Ashkenazy, who premiered the work with the group in 2008.Munro’s Songs from the Bush – a concerto for two clarinets – has a very different inspiration. As the composer himself says, ‘I use both [Australian] folk material and Indigenous music in two distinct ways: more or less simply stated, close to its ‘original’ form, and highly developed and re-imagined and re-combined with other tunes and motifs.’ Munro weaves these two musical sources together to create ‘a link and a sympathy between the two cultures in ways that words can struggle to, and history might tend to deny'.The Omega Ensemble is one of Australia’s most dynamic chamber groups, with a dedication to commissioning new works and reviving lost ones.TRACKLISTINGWOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART 1756–1791Clarinet Quintet in A major, KV5811.I. Allegro2. II. Larghetto 3.III. Menuetto – Trio I – Trio II4.IV. Allegretto con variazioniDavid Rowden basset clarinet IAN MUNRO b.1963Songs from the Bush – Clarinet Quintet5.I. Country Dance6.II. Campfire & Night Sky7.III. Drover’s LamentDavid Rowden clarinet GEORGE PALMER b.1947It Takes Two – Concerto for Two Clarinets 8.I. Adagio – Allegro con spirito 9.II. Lento arioso 10.III. Molto vivace Dimitri Ashkenazy & David Rowden clarinets
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The art of the nude is fascinating because it is all about what is revealed: the glimpse of skin, the body in full, the things we don’t usually see. But the nude in art is also gets us thinking about big questions at the heart of who we are today: questions about beauty, desire, truth, mortality and power.From the tenderness of a solo violin to the raw emotion of a symphony orchestra, this album showcases music of total intimacy and wild abandon, giving glimpses into human emotion – and our responses to those questions – from the Baroque to the present day.A musical companion to the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ exhibition The Nude.The Nude runs at the Art Gallery of New South Wales from 5 November 2016 to 5 February 2017. Visit http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/nude/ for more details.
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Sugar plums and snowflakes, dreams and spells – The Nutcracker is one of the most enchanting stories ever told.In this new CD from The Australian Ballet and ABC Classics, favourite moments from Tchaikovsky’s beloved music are combined with the evocative story-telling of legendary Australian actor Geoffrey Rush. This album is both the perfect introduction to this charming tale, and essential listening as a new take on an ageless classic. Geoffrey Rush narratorThe Australian BalletOrchestra VictoriaNicollette Fraillon conductor